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  • Updated: September 04, 2023

EU Commissioner's Visit To Turkey Signals Hope For Rekindling Relations

EU Commissioner's Visit To Turkey Signals Hope For Rekindlin

The European Union Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement, Oliver Varhelyi, is set to embark on a diplomatic visit to Turkey this week, as the prospects of a positive reset in Ankara-EU relations draw near.

This visit holds significant promise for both sides, particularly in light of the complexities surrounding their relationship, including Turkey’s stalled membership process within the European Union.

Oliver Varhelyi will be in Ankara from September 5th to 7th, where he is scheduled to meet with Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan, reports said on Monday.

Their discussions will encompass all aspects of Turkey-EU relations, as well as regional and global issues. This high-level engagement signifies a concerted effort to rekindle diplomatic ties and explore avenues of cooperation.

Varhelyi's visit comes amid rising expectations for a fresh start in the membership talks between Turkey and the EU.

The historical backdrop of Turkey’s association with the EU dates back to 1964 when the country signed an association agreement with the European Economic Community (EEC).

Over the decades, Turkey has navigated a prolonged and intricate negotiation process. The road to full EU membership has been marked by lengthy delays, with Turkey officially gaining candidate status in 1999 and commencing negotiations in 2005, a notably protracted timeline.

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